You have to understand that censorship laws in the USA for movies and television did not allow for a man and woman to be portrayed in the same bed until the late 1960's (I think 1967) REAL men and women slept in the same bed for a long time. Maybe always. In fact it was TRADITIONAL for a man and woman to sleep together BEFORE being married, even in the 18th and 19th century. It was called "bundling" and they had all sorts of contraptions to prevent "sexual relations" but it was recommended they determine that they were compatible for sleeping. Popular sexual barriers were a "bundling bag" laced from the inside that the man could not remove (one presumes the woman COULD) or Bundling boards, a plank placed between the two people. Look at antique beds and you will find plenty in the size we call "Full size" (also called then a "double" bed) and Queen size. King size is rather a modern invention.
If you are looking at older movies, the couple in the MOVIE will be in separate beds. REAL couples were sleeping together. I am 51, my parents ALWAYS shared a bed, so did my grandparents, born in 1896 and 1902.
As an interesting aside, Jimmy and Rosalind Carter were the first President and First Lady that frequently slept in the same bed, though Rosalind kept her separate bedroom when he was up late so she wouldn't be disturbed. Ronald and Nancy Reagan were the first White House couple to abandon the "first Lady" suite and Nancy always slept in the same room with President Reagan. It was quite the talk of the town.
All us "baby boomers" were born between 1946 and 1960! Our parents were definitely sleeping together!
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